The New York Yankees have reportedly reached out to the representatives of designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who hit free agency this morning, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. However, catcher/designated hitter Brian McCann would have to be traded by New York for Morales to "be seen as an option" for the Yankees.
The Yankees are not the only team in the American League's Eastern division to talk to Morales and his representatives, as Sherman notes that the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox have also made contact with the 33-year-old designated hitter. Morales was not offered a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer by the Kansas City Royals, after the completion of his two-year, $17 million deal, so there is no draft compensation pick attached to him, making him more affordable and likelier to get a deal from another organization.
The 32-year-old McCann has two years and $34 million remaining on his contact, including a no-trade clause. It would be wise for the Yankees to unload McCann's contract with the rise of young catcher Gary Sanchez, as having a backup catcher making that much money would not come easy with the Yankees' front office.
In 154 games played for the Yankees during the 2016 campaign, Morales posted a .263/.327/.468 (108 OPS+) slash line over 618 plate appearances, along with 30 home runs, 24 doubles and 93 runs batted in. Over his ten-year big league career, he owns a .273/.331/.465 slash line, along with 162 home runs and 586 runs batted in.null